“In Top Shape” – Dominic Thiem Gives Positive News Ahead of US Open Title Defence

Published 08/15/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 27: Dominic Thiem of Austria reacts against Thomas Fabbiano of Italy during their Men’s Singles first round match on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Despite his excellent reputation, Dominic Thiem is enduring a difficult 2021 season. The Austrian started the year with a fourth round exit in the Australian Open. After a disappointing set of tournaments, he competed in the French Open carrying high hopes due to his prowess on clay. However, he suffered a shock first round exit to Pablo Andujar despite clinching the first two sets.

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A wrist injury sidelined him from the subsequent Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics. Despite his torrid year, he remains #6 in the rankings. With the US Open approaching, the defending champion gave an update on his fitness ahead of the hard court Grand Slam.

Dominic Thiem claims he is “physically in top shape” ahead of US Open

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At the Mallorca Championships in June, Thiem retired during a match with Adrian Mannarino due to a wrist injury. This injury kept him out of action for several weeks, forcing him to miss Wimbledon and the Olympics.

With just two weeks to go for the final Grand Slam of the year, Thiem looks to recuperate in time. Speaking to Austrian television presenter Tom Walek, the 27-year-old revealed he took to running several kilometres. In addition, he also revealed he started playing tennis with his weaker left hand.

He said“I feel in top shape, I was allowed to do everything that didn’t put a strain on the wrist. I ran many kilometers, including footwork, playing tennis with my left hand.

“Maybe that’s the good thing – if there’s something positive about the injury – that hopefully it won’t be that long before I can come back when I can play right again. Because physically I am in top shape.” (Quotes translated from Google)

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Can Thiem defend his US Open title this year?

Thiem enjoyed an impressive 2020 on hard courts. While he reached the final of the Australian Open, he won his maiden Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows by defeating Alexander Zverev in a five-set thriller.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his first round match against Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin REUTERS/Kelly Defina

However, he looks far from reaching those same levels this year. In addition, with players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set to be fit, the World No. 6 faces a greater challenge to retain his title in Flushing Meadows.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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